South Hams residents will have their residual waste collections moved from weekly to fortnightly in a bid to “enable more homes to recycle”, South Hams District Council has announced.
Councillor Rufus Gilbert, executive portfolio holder for commercial services, said the changes were “essential” if the Council wants to increase recycling rates.
“It will mean that some residents who currently do not recycle will soon receive a collection service that will enable them to do so,” he said.
“A quarter of household waste is food waste which can easily be recycled. If we don’t start to make these changes many residents would continue to be unable to contribute to our recycling achievements”
“We have a small number of residents, mainly concentrated in the Dartmouth, Kingsbridge, Ivybridge, Salcombe and Totnes areas, who are still on a weekly black sack collection. “Having residents in the District unable to recycle their waste was always a situation that the council needed to improve upon.
“In a move to enable more homes to recycle, some will be able to use bins and receive a fortnightly collection cycle, where waste is collected one week and recycling is collected the following week. This is consistent with how we collect waste across the whole district.
“For a number of residents who remain on a black sack collection, a weekly food waste service will be introduced to ensure that this element of the waste stream is collected frequently, the remaining household waste will be collected fortnightly as we do across the rest of the district.
“A quarter of household waste is food waste which can easily be recycled. If we don’t start to make these changes many residents would continue to be unable to contribute to our recycling achievements.
“Unfortunately a very small number of properties will still be unable to enjoy the full recycling service – these households will find no change to their current arrangements at this time.”
A consultation was conducted in 2013, which the council said showed residents wanted a more consistent and efficient service which boosts recycling.
Those residents who are affected by the changes are expected to receive a postcard through the door in the next two weeks, followed by more detailed information before the changes come into effect on Monday, April 18.